Volume 38, Issue 11, November 2003

Dumped On?
There’s More than One Way to Get Dumped

by Max Perilstein

The word “dump” is defined by www.dictionary.com as the following: dump (dump)
v. dumped, dump·ing, dumps
v. tr. 
1. To release or throw down in a large mass. 
2. a. To empty (material) out of a container or vehicle: dumped the load of stones. 
b. To empty out (a container or vehicle), as by overturning or tilting. 
3. a. To get rid of; discard: a fine for dumping trash on public land; dumped the extra gear overboard. 
b. Informal. To discard or reject unceremoniously: dump an old friend. 
4. To place (goods or stock, for example) on the market in large quantities and at a low price. 
5. Computer Science. To transfer (data stored internally in a computer) from one place to another, as from a memory to a printout, without 
6. Slang. To knock down; beat.

On the Home Front 
As it pertains to our industry, “dump” could mean a few things. You can be dumped by a customer or supplier if you’re not compatible selling or buying from each other. You can be dumped by a co-worker or company if there’s any conflict. You can even buy or compete against a product that is dumped in your marketplace from abroad.

n the past year all of these things have happened to me, and they make getting dumped in high school look meaningless. Customers have dumped me because (for some reason or another) we just weren’t on the same page. Same with suppliers. As for co-workers or companies, former family members dumped me, and company-wise that story is ancient history. While the above items all affect your ego, having a product dumped in your marketplace not only hurts that, but it hurts your family, friends, industry and country.

You Are Warned …
When glass, mirror or aluminum come into North America from overseas and is sold at a price well below market rates, to me that matches the definition listed earlier for dumping. Most people remember the windshield dumping case on which the United States ruled against China, and now with that behind them other items have seeped into this country that are being sold the same exact way. I know in this tough economy everybody has to look for their edge, I just wish they would look elsewhere for it. When you support a situation like this you think you are improving your own bottom line. Sure, in the short term you’re helping yourself, but in the long term you are destroying the fabric and future of this country and all of North America. If I sound like I am overboard with this I may be, but I can’t sit idle and watch this process affect day-to-day business much more than it already is. 

If you don’t know or haven’t been affected by what I am talking about, consider yourself lucky and warned. Supporting products that are imported into this country and sold at proper market prices is fine; supporting them when they are half the market price is not. That’s what has happened over the last few years, and it’s bound to get worse. The folks bringing their products to our region feel they are well within their rights to do so. In fact, in some areas the law has agreed. However, it is not right to support the action morally. When you take the product that could be made and bought in North America and buy it from overseas, you are taking a bite out of an economy that desperately needs your help. It doesn’t matter what political affiliation you have, doesn’t matter if you’re Canadian, Mexican or American, when you allow this to happen here, you are giving away a small piece of the pie that needs to be swallowed by someone domestically.

It is not usually my style to preach, and I could get into the real deep specifics here, but I just want people to think twice before they purchase product sickly low price. It may look good now, but it won’t feel good 


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